Joplin Indoor Birthday Party Places
I consider myself a veteran of the indoor birthday party scene in Joplin, as my children have celebrated their special days at most places in town over the past decade.
You see, we have a birthday party season in our household, which is actually a sub-season of winter. Most people are relieved when the rush of holiday events in December is over, but not us. That is exactly when our birthday season begins. Yes, all five people at our house celebrate birthdays in January and February.
I’ve put together a list of indoor birthday party places for those of you planning winter birthday parties. This list may also come in handy for those celebrating birthdays in the middle of Joplin’s unbearably hot, humid summers, too.
I’ve listed the basic party packages for each of the following locations, but keep in mind that most locations have more than one package.
Amplify: Have the kids release some energy by doing gymnastics. The party package includes invitations, 1 hour and 25 minutes of gym rental (60 minutes of free play and 25 minutes in the party area for gifts and food provided by parents. 2011 Stephens Blvd.
Candy House: While Candy House Gourmet Chocolates does not have a space available for birthday parties, you can schedule a FREE tour of the candy-making factory as part of a birthday celebration. Tours are offered Monday – Friday, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM and take about 15-20 minutes. 510 S. Kentucky
Carl Richard’s 4th Street Bowl: Last year, we had a tiki-themed party here. There are long tables on the main floor that we decorated and placed the gifts and cake on. The party package includes one bowling game and pair of rental shoes/child, 5 video game tokens/child, one free game pass/child to be used at the next visit, one pizza and pitcher of soda for every 4 children. 1419 W. 4th Street
Chuck E. Cheese‘s: We’ve always had a good experience here, as the staff is very helpful and the party host makes sure everything runs smoothly. Kids can play video games, or climb through the SkyTubes and rock out on the dance floor for some physical fun. The basic party package includes two hours of reserved table space with a party host to facilitate the event, tablecloth and plates, two slices of one-topping pizza/child, one soft drink with free refills/child, 20 tokens/child, a jumbo guitar balloon and other perks for the birthday child. Northpark Mall, 101 N. Range Line Road
Firehouse Pottery: Kids will have fun with their friends painting a piece of pottery that they can take home with them. Package themes include The Tile is My Canvas; Oh, My Mug; Party Animal; If You Give a Pig a Party; Tickle Monster; and Choose Your Own Pottery. My daughter had her party there this year; click here to read about our experience. 112 South Main Street, Suite A
The Flip Shop: Gymnastics parties are offered here. The party package includes gym rental for 1.5 hours (one hour play time and 20-30 minutes for gifts and cake). 612 Minnesota
House of Bounce: Gigantic inflatable slides, bounce houses and an obstacle course are always winners with the kids. The House of Bounce’s building is brand new (as of February 2014) after a fire destroyed the previous structure. Choose a private party or an open bounce party. 3684 North Main Street
John Wise Queen Anne Mansion: With ornate stained glass and a beautiful grand staircase (great for photos), this Victorian home is the perfect setting for a tea party. 504 S. Byers Avenue
Joplin Athletic Complex: This division of Joplin Parks and Recreation offers a birthday party room and packages. If you pick a theme, you can choose from a Dino-Mite party (Dinosaurs), Pirate Party, Disney Princess Party, and Color Party (choose two colors). The package includes food, drinks, games, goodie bags and an already-decorated room. If you’d rather do it all yourself, then you can just pay the room rental fee. 3301 West First Street
Joplin Family Y: Swimming parties here last 2 hours long and include one hour of swimming, with the rest of the time allocated for changing into dry clothes and then going to a meeting room for gifts and cake. Children under the age of 4 must have a parent with them in the water. 3404 W. McIntosh Circle
Lazer Force: We have celebrated birthdays here for both a child and an adult. (Laser tag is so fun, grown-ups! Click here to read about playing from an adult’s perspective). The laser tag area offers many places to hide, which allows for the element of surprise (younger kids might feel more secure having a partner or adult with them). The basic party packages includes a party room, drinks, invitations, a game of tag, and a t-shirt for the birthday person. 408 S. Northpark Lane
Phoenix Fired Art: What kid doesn’t like playing with clay? At this pottery studio, kids (ages 7 and up) get a lesson on the wheel and throw a base, and then they get a lesson on handbuilding to create a pinched lid. Their most popular birthday project is the “Cupcake Keepsake Box.” Use the potters lounge at Phoenix for opening presents. 1603 S. Main Street
Roller City: We haven’t had a birthday party here since before the tornado (when it was Silver Wheels), but we skated here on Roller City’s opening weekend in the fall of 2013 (click here to read about our experience). There are several party packages to choose from (classic, bargain, pizza, glow, public/private). The classic package (during public skate) includes invitations, a reserved table with tablecloth and serving ware, two pitchers of soft drinks, skating fee and skate rental fee/child, host parents skate free, and one item from the Stuff Shop for the birthday child. 2800 E. 24th Street
RSVPaint: The wine bottle in the logo for this paint-your-own-art gallery may lead you to think that this is an adults-only place, but they do offer a birthday package for kids (don’t worry – no wine is included!). Birthday parties for kids 13 and under include studio time, instructor, paint, canvases, and aprons. You can bring your own snacks and drinks, and they will supply cups, plates, napkins and utensils. 420 S. Main Street
Spiva Center for the Arts: Throw an art party at Spiva with one of these themes: Painting Party, Wacky Sculpture, or Paint It! Print It! Wear It! You provide the decorations and refreshments and Spiva will take care of the rest. Spiva membership and 50% deposit required at the time of reservation. Guests must be between the ages of 4 and 12. 222 W. 3rd Street
Tilt Studio: We celebrated a birthday here last year. With video games, mini golf, bowling, an amusement ride and laser tag, the kids were definitely entertained. Because there are so many things to do there, pricing for birthdays can be a bit confusing. I found it easier to go to the studio itself and talk to an employee about which package would best serve our needs. The basic party package includes unlimited video play (with a half-hour time limit), two slices of one-topping pizza/person, and unlimited soda. The basic package does NOT include any attractions (attractions can be purchased separately), but the other packages do (you can see how it gets confusing). Northpark Mall, 101 N. Range Line Road
Victory Ministry and Sports Complex: We went to a party here when it was The Bridge and the kids really enjoyed all of the different sports areas, especially the rock wall. Parties are 2.5 hours long and packages are offered based on themes such as “Camp Out” (rock climbing), “Rock Out” (karaoke), “Girls Night Out” (spa) and more! You can even add an overnight option. 3405 S. Hammons Blvd.
Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center: Discover nature and see live animals! Parties here are geared for 4-10 year-olds, and include a 20-minute nature program and use of a classroom for 1 1/2 hours to celebrate with your own birthday supplies. Each program will have two or three live animals. 201 West Riviera Drive
For a list of OUTDOOR birthday party places in the Joplin area, click here.
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I love seeking out new experiences and finding places off the beaten path. I started Joplin MO Life
in August 2013 as a way to share my discoveries with others in the Joplin community so that they can learn about the resources that exist right in their own backyards.
I have worked in education and event planning, and have always loved to write. I hold a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Tulane University.